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Very Harsh Words from Germany for Obama

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Spiegel is Germany’s most widely read political magazine. Like other German print media, it gushed with enthusiasm for Obama, but no more. The Spiegel’s adulation has turned to a scorn that approaches rage. Heinrich von Kleist’s play “The Broken Mug” introduced Village Judge Adam as one of the classic comedy figures of world literature. One of Judge Adam’s many tricks was to sentence others for the same crimes that he committed. At the end of the play, Judge Adam flees before angry villagers can capture him. The Spiegel does not restrain its scorn: “ Barack Obama is a modern variant of Kleist’s village judge. In ever growing volume, he condemns the Europeans, complaining their restrained fiscal policies are making the crisis worse. But the European public understands that the miseries about which Obama complains originated no where else but in the Obama-run USA.”

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